- The SGGS Blog – SGGS now has its own Blog! Marilyn Simleness, the new Membership Director, wanted to find a way to reach out to more of our members in an interactive way. It is in its infancy, but our new blog has great potential for growing our organization, welcoming new members, and responding to concerns or questions of our members. At first, posts will be made on a weekly basis. We hope you will take the time to check out The SGGS Blog!
- August 28 Video Posted – The presentation video for the August 28 SGGS meeting fearturing Caroline Dove speaking about DNA is posted in this website's members-only selection for 30 days.
- German Mentors will Return! – SGGS is working with the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (Eastern Ave.) to restart the Thursday afternoon German mentor program there. With one volunteer currently available, the first session is expected to take place 1 to 4 pm Thursday Sept. 27. And repeat every 4th Thursday. Additional weeks will be added if additional mentors can be recruited.
- German Bookshelves at the Sacramento FamilySearch Library – Images of the books at that library are now posted. Photos were taken July 21, 2018.
- 2019 IGGC Team Building – A number of SGGS volunteers for the 2019 German conference headed to San Diego during the week of June 10 for a meeting and team building activities with the San Diego volunteers.
Cake at the volunteers dinner.
- Annual Meeting – SGGS' annual meeting was conducted just prior to the June 26 meeting. It included election of the new Board of Directors and approval of next year's budget. The new Board takes office July 1st.
The committment and services rendered by Alex Shaw (Treasurer since 2008) and Brian Hansen (Membership Director since 2014) were commemorated with a cake, eaten by all who attended. Annie Brenneis will be the new Treasurer, Marilyn Simleness the new Membership Director and Pauline Arndt joins the Board as Member at Large.
- Sacramento County Fair – SGGS helped staff a genealogy booth at the local county fair, an experiment to present the hobby of genealogy to the general public. Booth volunteers are from a number of local area genealogical and historical societies. It was organized by Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society with support by the Sacramento FamilySearch Library and the Genealogical & Historical Council of Sacramento Valley.
- 2019 International German Genealogy Conference – Hotel reservations at the discounted conference rate are now open. Go to the hotel reservations page on the IGGP website for more information and to reserve your room.
- It is Not Too Late! – Didn't attend the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July? Leftover syllabus books can be purchased while the supply lasts. You can also purchase audio recordings of presentations from the vendor.
- SGGS Meeting Handouts & Videos – Beginning with the Sept. 26 meeting, presentation handouts and videos appear on a separate meeting page in the members-only section of this website. The meeting page will remain posted for a month following its posting date.
"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005, Dr. Roger Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below. All are Protestant records.
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the shelf
at the Sacramento
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis city & county)
Vol. 20: Missouri, St. Louis County, St. Louis City #1
Vol. 22: Missouri, St. Louis City #2
Vol. 23: Missouri, St. Louis City #3
Vol. 24: Missouri, St. Louis City #4
Vol. 25: Ohio
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
270K JSB BYU
Provo, UT 84602-5669
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted 31 Mar 2018, rev 20 Nov 2017 rh
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Resources in the Calif. State Library Useful for German Research
Presented by Ms. Elena Smith, Reference Librarian in the California History Section of the California State Library in Sacramento. SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Display program details
Carrie's Letters - Bringing Ancestral Letters to Life
Presented by Debra Warner Anderson, working on genealogy since she was 12 years old. Currently Secretary for the San Diego Genealogical Society. SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.
Speaker & Topic not yet identified
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.